Author Archives: Maren

Improv on the Beatitudes from Matthew

Blessed are the queer in spirit —for theirs is the home and harbor of God. Blessed is anyone who mournsone single friend or a whole family turn away,for there is comfortin, through, and after the tears. Blessed are those who … Continue reading

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Rev and Rye Shorts – Winter Short Story, 2023 – Last Questions

Last chance to shape a new free short story coming to you in February from Maria Mankin and Maren Tirabassi in the “Death in Fair Havens” cozy mystery series (with two novel-length sequels recently pushed forward for publication)? Two sets … Continue reading

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Celebration of Holy Communion — February 5, 2023

Words to those who use these materials: Holy Communion for February 2023, is a little late for Presentation at the Temple which some faith communities celebrate or Candlemas when many bless the year’s candles,­ from the ordinary Sunday ones to … Continue reading

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Lunar New Year ­– 兔

Grateful to be bornin the year of the rabbit,I’ve watched each one hop in, much calmer than Tiger,celebrating balance, gentleness. And so, I pray for China,\and its aging population,and the deep stressesof three years  of choices about care, and for … Continue reading

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Zebedee (portrait of the original empty-netter)

I made sure they were menders of nets —my two boys,grown men now, but still as impulsiveas their younger selves. They were fonder of practicingtheir great strong casts,spun wide and high as spiral galaxiesand sinking deeparound the hidden schools of … Continue reading

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Second week choices for Rev and Rye Short Stories

Rev and Rye Shorts – Winter Short Story, 2023 (this is a side highlight to my blog — feel free to ignore) Would you like to help shape a new free short story coming to you in February from Maria … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Hush, if you are white like me. It is a day to listen. There are words to hear that are not yours. There will be music, also the remembering of prophecy and the echo from tomorrow.

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Guest Post from Barbara Messner

Before Barbara Messner created her own amazing blog, I used to share her work often. I have not poached there for a long time, but since this feels like she is writing about my life … and since it uses … Continue reading

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1949 and 2023 … “You’ve got to be carefully taught” *

John 1:38 When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” Epiphany was a choice of monarchs,but for the living … Continue reading

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Epiphany Evening

When Mary was really cold,she gave an angry kickto the frankincense jar(flashy gift, but ultimately useless)and then she saw it –“Look what the magi really left us!I can start this fire withwhat fell behind the caravan’s two-toed feet. “Something ordinary … Continue reading

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